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Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch
1901 Vine St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
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      Family Event
    • Saturday, April 21, 2018
    • The Free Library of Philadelphia Is Celebrating the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Centennial ... Family Style! Experience the Library as never before as you enjoy art projects, games, storytelling, a scavenger hunt, a dinner buffet with kid-friendly food and adult-friendly beverages, and--of course--plenty of books! All proceeds benefit the critical programs offered in every community across the city by the Free Library of Philadelphia. By purchasing a ticket or becoming a Family Event sponsor today, you will help advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity for Philadelphians of all ages and backgrounds.
      The Legacy of the Reformation
    • Wednesday, April 25, 2018
    • Beginning as a debate in Germany in 1517 on Christian religious practices, the Reformation provoked a world-changing crisis. During the controversy that followed, new ideals of religious freedom and individual liberty emerged. Dr. Christopher Close and Dr. Christopher Atkins will discuss the Reformation's impact on religion, politics and art, and the principle of self-expression.
      Unlocking Your Inner Composer
    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • Want to write music for saxophones and percussion? Unlocking Your Inner Composer is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate with virtuoso musicians in residence at the Free Library. The PRISM Quartet, a world-renowned all-sax ensemble, is joining forces with two groundbreaking composer/percussionists-- Susie Ibarra and Tyshawn Sorey-- in a series of free workshops at the Parkway Central Library and Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Philadelphia Regional Library. Workshops are open to teens and adults at all levels, whether you have no musical training or are a pro in search of new techniques and challenges. You don't need to know how to read music to join in the fun. Workshops will culminate in performances of participants' compositions by PRISM, Ibarra, and Sorey. Want to perform your music with the artists? Bring your own instrument or borrow one from the Parkway Central Library music department. Space is limited, so sign up now!